Keeping your home warm through the Beaverton winters is critical to your health and comfort. While you may not be able to entirely ignore the decreasing temperature outside, there are routes that your comfort can be reached effortlessly and without fretting about cold drafts. With regularly scheduled furnace service, you can help keep all the heat from your furnace within your home and save money on your monthly energy bills. It’s worth it to recognize all the ways in which heat (and your winter comfort) can escape from your home, so here are some of the more common forms we catch at Garoken Energy Co. Inc.:
- Lack of attic insulation – the older the home, the more obsolete the insulation may be. Older insulation can decline faster and cause those leaks of heat, which could then mean that your furnace is working harder than it has to. Checking your insulation in your attic to see if it is installed correctly can indicate if you need more insulation and dodge impending future furnace repair.
- Window or door gaps – breaks or holes aren’t always noticeable to the naked eye or large enough to feel cold drafts through, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t present. Weatherstripping can be an quick fix and can do the same thing as enhancing attic insulation – allowing your furnace to not run as hard and decreasing the probability of needing furnace repair.
- Losing heat from the glass of your windows – hot air and cold glass are a curious mix. The hot air drops some of its heat when it extends to a cold surface and conveys the feeling of “heat escaping” from the home. Closing window drapes through the evening hours and releasing drapes during bright, daylight hours in the winter can help reduce this heat loss.
While these might not be the only reasons why your home is wasting heat, there is a good chance that one of these situations could be your reality. But lucky for you, our experts at Garoken Energy Co. Inc. are here to provide you with more tips to keep your home warm and comfortable all winter-long. If you have any more questions about heat, furnace repair or to set up your regular furnace maintenance, give us a call at 503-374-1934.